Off-duty officer charged with manslaughter after defending his wife and children from armed man

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CHESAPEAKE, VA – Back in January of 2020, a woman with her children called her husband – a police officer that was off-duty – about a man armed with a knife threatening her. 

Reportedly, when the woman’s husband arrived, a confrontation ensued that turned physical between the man armed with a knife and the off-duty officer. 

Authorities say that the officer fatally shot the man armed with a knife, and a judge recently ruled there’s enough probable cause to go forward with a trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter

Here’s the details on the case. 

It was on January 19th when Norfolk Police Officer Edmund Hoyt was called by his wife about a man threatening her with a knife. Officer Hoyt’s wife was walking with her two children, when 42-year-old Kelvin White blocked her path. 

Apparently, White had commanded Officer Hoyt’s wife to move out of his way and then pulled a knife on her in front of her children.

The woman was said to have then informed White that she was going to call her husband, which White reportedly responded with: 

“Call your husband, I don’t care, I’ll stab him too.”

According to the family of White, he suffered from schizophrenia, but his family claims that he was never violent. 

Upon Officer Hoyt’s arrival on the scene where his wife was threatened, Detective James Thomas with the Chesapeake Police Department says that a “hands-on” confrontation between Officer Hoyt and White took place. 

Officer Hoyt was said to have fired five to six shots at White, killing him. 

Photos that were presented in the courtroom on November 20th showed that Officer Hoyt did sustain some lacerations to the side of his face that drew blood. 

However, his wife and children were never hurt during the confrontation. 

Khiera Williams, the mother of White’s three children – twins aged 17 years old and one 18-year-old – contends that White was not a “monster” and that if Officer Hoyt’s wife really “felt threatened” then she should’ve called “Chesapeake police” and not her husband. 

James Broccoletti, Officer Hoyt’s defense attorney in the matter, says that he’s confident that the case will be defeated at trial under a defense of protecting himself and his family from a man armed with a knife. 

White’s brother, Gerard, says that he hold no ill-will toward anyone in the case, but simply wants justice for his brother’s death: 

“My family have no hate toward anybody. We just want justice.”

According to Virginia case law, voluntary manslaughter distinguishes itself from other murder charges by noting that: 

Voluntary manslaughter may be found upon evidence that an intentional, non-malicious homicide occurred in sudden mutual combat or as a result of heat of passion induced by reasonable provocation.

Essentially, the charge of voluntary manslaughter betrays that prosecutors believe that Officer Hoyt injected himself into an instance of mutual combat as opposed to an instance of defending himself or others. 

While manslaughter charges, whether voluntary or involuntary, may sounds serious – the absolute maximum that can be doled out in Virginia is 10 years in prison. 

The minimum sentence for the Class 5 felony is one year in prison, but at the court’s discretion, a penalty of less than a year in concurrence with a fine of up to $2,500 could be afforded as well. 

This is a developing case. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather updates as this case works it way through the courts. 

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In other cases in officers facing charges in fatal shootings, a Nashville Police officer was recently charged with the shooting of an armed man from when he was a security guard years earlier. 

Here’s the previous report. 

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NASHVILLE, TN – An October 2018 fatal shooting of a man alleged to have been involved in a shootout by a then-security guard wound up resulting in no charges after an investigation concluded in February of 2019

Around the same time the investigation concluded, the then-security guard was admitted to the police academy and eventually became a Nashville Police officer. 

Come November of 2020, the Nashville Police officer is now being charged with second-degree murder for the shooting just weeks after being decommissioned of his policing authority due to alleged social media posts from 2013. 

Here’s the background on this case. 

Nathan Glass is the 26-year-old Nashville Police officer currently facing charges of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 25-year-old Deangelo Knox, which took place outside of a Nashville restaurant called The Pharmacy. 

In October of 2018, Glass was working as a security guard for the restaurant when Knox was allegedly involved in some sort of a shootout with three assailants inside of an Impala while Know was in his vehicle. 

Reportedly, Knox had crashed his vehicle into another car after his vehicle was met with gunfire, and exited the car while running with his weapon in hand. 

Knox was alleged to then start heading toward Glass with the gun in hand and pointed toward him. So, Glass allegedly shot Knox fatally. 

After what was a months-long investigation, an assistant district attorney, Pamela Anderson, determined in February of 2019 that prosecutors couldn’t refute Glass’s claiming of self-defense and defense of others patrons. 

Namely because surveillance footage of the incident captured couldn’t confirm or dispel that the gun Knox had was pointed at Glass. 

However, Anderson is no longer with the DA’s office – for reasons unspecified – and now the case is moving forward with charges. Thus, Glass was arrested on November 12th. 

Glass has since bonded out under a $50,000 bond and is being represented by defense attorney David Raybin who is pointing to the previous conclusion reached back in March of 2019 by the DA’s office: 

“The District Attorney’s Office had earlier conducted an extensive review of this case and concluded that ‘the video does corroborate that Mr. Glass had a reasonable belief that his life and the lives of others were at risk.’ We agree with that assessment.”

Apparently the NAACP of Nashville has inserted themselves in this case, because Glass is white and Knox is black. They’re assisting the family of Knox with both the criminal proceedings and a civil suit in relation to the fatal shooting. 

NAACP of Nashville President Sheryl Guinn claims that Glass should have never opened fire on Knox within his role as a security guard: 

“The shooting was unjustifiable. He had no reason to be in that situation at all. Nathan Glass was in a restaurant and all he needed to do was secure the restaurant and call the police.”

[Editor’s note: Ironically, we can’t help but point out that had Nathan Glass done exactly what Guinn suggested, and the police arrived, had a gun pointed at them, and shot Knox, Guinn would have found some other reason why the officer- if white- was unjustified in the shooting.] 

The recent charges also happen to come just weeks after the Nashville Police Department decommissioned Glass from his endowed authorities, pending an investigation into some social media posts from 2013. 

These various social media posts were unearthed by none other than the NAACP on October 20th, 2020, alleging that they were racist and promoted shooting and violence

However, the posts in question consisted of three anti-Obama pictures on Instagram, which were primarily poking fun at the then-president (two were signs outside of gun stores and one was someone’s window sticker that made the word Obama in an acronym that read “One Big Ass Mistake America”).

And the remaining posts were photos of Glass posing with guns on hunting or target practice trips and one showing his target that he shot at, boating about his marksmanship. 

Yet, by October 27th of 2020, Interim Police Chief John Drake decided to relieve Glass of his policing authority. 

Glass’ attorney says that he will be pleading “not guilty” when the case goes to trial. 

This is a developing story. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather updates on this case. 

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